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Jayson Tatum ‘better than Paul George,’ claims West exec

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After balling out in the NBA Bubble in this year’s playoffs, there’s a lot of hype building around Boston Celtics young superstar Jayson Tatum.

The 22-year old is slowly evolving into being one the best two-way players in the league and one can argue that he’s even better than other highly-touted two-way players in the NBA today. A Western Conference executive took the argument a notch further and said that Tatum is already better than Los Angeles Clippers superstar Paul George.

“He’s a two-way player who’s better than Paul George,” a Western Conference executive told HoopsHype. “He can get to the basket, shoot three-pointers off the dribble, and he guards the best perimeter player.”

In his ten-year stint in the NBA so far, George has been lauded as one of the best two-way players in recent times. He has tallied an average of 20 points per game and added 1.7 steals in all of his games so far in the league. The six-time All-Star has also been tasked to lock down the best players in the opposing team and has proven time and time again that he’s capable of defending different positions. Unfortunately for George, consistent playoff exits have left critics questioning his poise and killer instinct.

Now that Tatum’s career is on the rise, it’s hard to argue against picking him over George at this point in both their careers.

Although it’s been Tatum’s flawless jumpers and clutch buckets that have left us all in awe, his defensive skill-set has slowly been creeping out and has been one of the more underrated facet of his overall game. It’s been a career year for the Celtics star both offensively and defensively. He’s been averaging a career-high 23.4 points per game, 7 rebounds and 3 assists on just his third season in the league and has paired that with a much-improved defensive presence. He finished sixth overall in defensive win shares (3.7) and is 18th overall in defensive rating (105.6), per HoopsHype.